Siem De Jong has given a long interview in the Chronicle today, and he talks about all kinds of things, including the fact he is not injury prone.
Siem de Jong – like a new player next season
From what he says on recovering from his collapsed lung, we shouldn’t expect to see the Dutchman coming back this season, so it’s been a terrible season for him, in which he has only appeared three times as a substitute for his new club.
Here’s some of what Luuk has said today:
“I’m frustrated about my injuries too.” “You want to show the club and fans what you can do. I haven’t been injured much for 7 years – except for last season I played more than 50 games every season. I expected to play a lot here so I’m disappointed for the fans, the teams and most of all for myself.”
“You do read it on social media and see what people say but it doesn’t affect me too much. I have a long contract here, I have a few years to prove what I can do. The club don’t think I should rush it, I have a lot more football still to play at Newcastle.”
“The latest injury – a collapsed lung – sounds horrific but it is more frustrating than anything else.” “It can be dangerous if it collapses totally but that generally only happens when you break a rib or you’re stabbed and it collapses because of the air.”
“This is just a small hole that releases a bit of air and it collapses a little bit.” “The third X-ray was worse, so I had to put in a drain and operate as soon as possible.”
“After the second X-ray we thought: ‘Let’s operate in the summer’ but if it’s only five millimetres you wouldn’t even normally notice it. But if you’re an elite athlete and you use your lungs, you need to have full fitness.”
“It was good that they could operate that quickly, and start to get things better but I felt a lot worse this time after the operation than I did first time in Holland when I had the drain.”
“Now there’s a 95% chance it will never happen to me again after this surgery.” “The surgeons were happy with the operation and I hope we will start playing again soon.”
“It has been the worst season ever for me.”
While with Ajax over seven years he played 247 times with 78 goals for the Dutch masters, so he’s right when he says that last season was the only one he missed a lot of games because of injury.
It’s almost certain we will not see him this season, but look on the bright side, he’ll be like a new player for us, if he can get fully fit and ready to go for pre-season.
And with Fab Coloccini possibly being sold this summer, Siem could well become the Newcastle captain, although Daryl Janmaat would also be a candidate for the position, and even Moussa Sissoko. always assuming we can keep him at the club this summer.
So Newcastle have three new players already in the summer – Siem de Jong, Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow, with the last two being on loan this season at Nottingham Forest.
And with news that Newcastle are willing to pay out £60M in the summer transfer market, it could even be an exciting time for fans in the summer.
It certainly has not been an exciting time since the beginning of the year, it’s been very frustrating, as we once again struggle at the end of the season.
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